Holly Arrowsmith

Holly Arrowsmith

 Queenstown, Otago, NZL
SoloFolkCountry

'There’s something about Arrowsmith’s presence that is a different kind of alchemy altogether – in the unusual quality of her delivery and her enchanting voice, which swings between being light and free, before turning into a growl or lilting into a sweet head voice.
/ Fraser Browne, Second-hand News

Biography

'Holly Arrowsmith is the new name in folk worth keeping your eye on.

This Southern songstress has been turning heads all over the world, with her acoustically driven stirring sound, poetic, thought provoking lyrics, and a distinctively haunting voice.  

According to The Source: "This is the kind of C&W meets folk that strips everything but the honesty away, and what you're left with will leave you trembling.”

Born in the desert city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Arrowsmith's nostalgic style echoes Americana- Folk legends, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. Raised in the mountain valleys of New Zealand, it's no wonder her songs capture a reverence for nature. 

At just 21 years old, Holly has showcased The New Zealand Country Music Awards, and performed at New Zealand's largest festivals Rhythm & Alps, and Rhythm & Vines.

Last year she delivered a TEDx talk on ‘Honest Music’, and opened for internationally acclaimed folk artist Rodriguez, captivating crowds with songs from her EP 'The River’.

Recorded in a grass roots studio, nestled in the Mountains of Queenstown, New Zealand- Holly Arrowsmith’s debut album ‘For The Weary Traveller ’ was released July 31st to critical acclaim. It has now been selected as a finalist for the NZ Music Awards 'Folk TUI' for the 'Best Folk Album of 2015.'  

This June, Holly joins American Songwriter Zach Winters for an extensive tour of North America.' 


Lyrics

Wolves & Moons

Written By: Holly Arrowsmith

I’m a traveller
On this mountain called life
The road I walk is narrow
But your burden is light
Sometimes my foot slips
But your hands catch my stumble
Some nights the rain falls
And thunders rumble

It’s steep to look down
A long way to fall
But there’s a strange calm in my soul
With your lamp to my feet
And your light to my path
I’d risk it all
You know I’d risk it all

Cos I know you know my name
And I know you share my pain
And I know in you I’ll gain
More than this world could ever offer

I used to wander these hills
Afraid and alone
With no home to go to
But a light dawned over the ridge and I saw
I saw for the very first time
Now your stars are my guide
And the warm winds the follow me
Your voice in my heart as a compass
And as I fix my gaze straight ahead
Nothing will sway me
To the left or the right

It’s steep to look down
A long way to fall
But there’s a strange calm in my soul
With your lamp to my feet
And your light to my path
I’d risk it all
You know I’d risk It all

Cos I know you know my name
And I know you share my pain
And I know in you I’ll gain
More than this world could ever offer
And I know you hear me calling
You’re the moon
I’m the wolf on howling
And this mountain I’ll keep climbing
Til’ the sweet day I see your face
Yeah I’ll walk until I see your face

So if you are weary
There is rest, there is rest
And if you are broken
You can be made whole again
And if you are hurting
There is hope
That will never fail
If you are lost
You can be found
On this mountain
This mountain

Ooo ooo oo
Oo oo oo
Ooo oo oo
Oooo

Cos oh
He knows your name
And oh
He shares your pain
And oh
In Him you’ll gain
More than this world could ever offer you
And oh
He hears you calling
He’s the moon
You’re the wolf on howling
And this mountain we’ll climb
Side by side
Take my hand and I won’t let you go
Yeah we’ll walk and by His love we won’t let go
By His love
We won’t let go

Diamonds

Written By: Holly Arrowsmith

A family is broken by unfaithfulness
The wind sighs and the willow weeps
People are homeless on our city streets
The wind sighs and the willow weeps
Injustice claims lives and nobody speaks
And money is worth more than love
More than peace
Some starve to fee our material greed
Never satisfied
More diamonds
More lights

But frail like grass
Or the flower that fades
No man can know
The length of his days
The wind will sigh
And the willow will weep
As they watch us all live for our own selfish gain

Someone is feeling alone and worthless
The wind sighs and the willow weeps
Unaware that their value
Is nothing short of priceless
The wind sighs and the willow weeps
Not here by chance
But purposefully made
Don’t you know that our debt
Has already been paid
The wind will sigh and the willow will weep
As we’re carried to the dust
The dust from which we came

Ohhhh-
Well frail like grass
We will wither and fade
Oh and what if you knew
The length of your days
Would you
Seek truth over pleasure
And love over greed
Before the wind sighs and the willow weeps
Let the wind sing and the willow sleep
Let the wind sing
And the willow
The willow sleep

Discography

'For The Weary Traveller' Debut LP, released July 31st 2015

'Desert Owl' Single, released July 2015

'The River' EP, released June 16th 2013

'Wolves & Moons' Single, released June 7th 2013